the·​ater-in-the-round ˈthē-ə-tər-in-ṯẖə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce theater-in-the-round (audio)
plural theaters-in-the-round
: a theater in which the stage is located in the center of the auditorium

called also arena theater

: the style or method of staging plays in a theater-in-the-round

Examples of theater-in-the-round in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scutt has reimagined the 1,250-seat August Wilson Theatre as an intimate club—warrens of labyrinthine new corridors and passageways, three new bars, and an auditorium reinvented as a theater-in-the-round. Adrienne Miller, Vogue, 5 Mar. 2024 This theater-in-the-round entertainment venue will offer performances and show effects spread throughout the room. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Steppenwolf was spending more than $54 million on its new theater-in-the-round, a 50,000-square-foot expansion including classroom and rehearsal spaces. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 The former was a theater-in-the-round in which people were collectively immersed in moving images from around the world. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of theater-in-the-round was in 1948

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“Theater-in-the-round.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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